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1989 Mazda MX-5 review

It’s almost 30 years since the covers came off the original Mazda MX-5 at the 1989 Chicago Auto Show. Since that time, well over a million MX-5s have been delivered all around the world. It can probably be argued that the MX-5 is both the genesis and ultimate expression of Mazda’s 'zoom zoom' philosophy...

2015 Mazda CX-3 S Touring (AWD) review

A Note from the Editor: A stock image has been supplied with this review. I love this car. It is easy and comfortable to drive. The diesel is very economical, as I do 20–25,000km a year at a cost of around $40 a fortnight. A single CD-player, but who cares when it has Bluetooth that connects quickly and starts playing my default music app playlist...

1993 Mazda MX-5 Clubman review

With a lovable smile and cheeky wink, the Mazda MX-5 arrived on Australian shores in 1989. Arising from the ashes of the Lotus Elan and its contemporaries, the MX-5 combined the British roadster charm with Japanese reliability – a formula that reminded Mazda what ROI meant. Fast-forward to 1994, and the updated MX-5 was released with a new 1...

2014 Mazda 3 SP25 review

An excellent and very good looking, sporty hatch and a vast improvement on my earlier 1990-model Mazda 1.8 Astina SP. Excellent ride and good performance on the highway, but a slight lag in initial acceleration compared to turbo-equipped competitors. The finish and fitment are excellent, with good reliability and excellent support from the local dealer...

2018 Mazda CX-5 Maxx (4x2) review

I've bought the new Mazda CX-5 Maxx in Soul Red Crystal purely for the elegant look that it is displaying. Secondly, knowing that Mazda's engine is reliable and fuel-efficient was a major factor (coming from a 2014 Mazda 3). The interior and the infotainment system are almost close to luxurious in look and feel, until you hear a few dash rattle noises, especially from the passenger side where you have most of the hard plastic bits and pieces...

2017 Mazda CX-5 Maxx Sport (4x4) review

First of all, I was looking for a family car with a bit more space and higher driving position than a normal station wagon. An SUV, as it seems to appeal to more and more buyers, was the best choice for me and the wife. A few models were under consideration at the time of purchase: Mitsubishi Outlander, VW Tiguan and Kia Sportage...

2018 Mazda 3 SP25 review

Some of you may have seen the last review I posted – the leaving of the Mitsubishi Outlander and the soon to arrive subject of this review, the Mazda 3 SP25. So we have moved from family car to fun car. In the search for this car, I started out thinking it's the time in my life for a bit more of a spend and to get something nice...

2017 Mazda CX-5 Akera (4x4) review

After three years, it was time to upgrade to the second-generation CX-5 from our 2014 CX-5 Maxx Sport model. Before choosing the CX-5 again, and Mazda for the third time, we didn't have to go through the pain of picking the right option. But I did my study and six months' worth of research and a couple of test drives. The second-gen Mazda CX-5 was the only option for us...

2014 Mazda CX-5 Maxx (4x2) review

We bought our 2014 Mazda CX-5 Maxx, as it was the only variant with a manual gearbox on offer new from the showroom. The car test-drove well and we were able to obtain it for under $30,000 with over $500 in extras on-road, which met our price point. It has an alternating capped-price service of $210 or $280ish. We have had the car since new and always serviced by Mazda...

2012 Mazda 3 MPS review

I have wanted an MPS for years, and now I finally have one. What a great decision that was! It has been amazing for the last five months. The Interior The comfort of this car has me wanting to sleep in it most nights. Seriously! It's safe to say that the interior of this car is far from boring. The black and red material that complements the seats and doors makes this car warmer in ways...

2016 Mazda CX-9 Azami (FWD) review

Does this review sound familiar? About a year ago I published an owner review of this exact car – our 2016 Mazda CX-9 Azami. After living with the car for another year and having a few issues, I thought I would drag the pen and paper out again and rewrite the review. Well, not rewrite it...